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Men and Depression

Men and Depression

We interviewed Dr. Sam J. Buser on the topic of men and depression. Sam J. Buser is presently the Staff Psychologist for the Houston Fire Department, but I maintain a small private practice specializing in men’s issues, relationship problems, and adventure therapy.

 Q: What are some of the signs of depression in men?

A: Depression is commonly thought of as a persistent sense of sadness or the

"blues". Depression is characterized by a loss of pleasure in you life,

fatigue or loss of energy, difficulty in concentrating, appetite and

sleeping changes, and a negative mind set. Men, in comparison to women,

tend to be less aware of why they are feeling badly, and they may be less

willing to acknowledge feeling depressed. Depressed men are more likely

than women to act out feelings of sadness, loss, or guilt through

irritability and anger and to distract themselves by engaging in

self-destructive behaviors such as drinking too much. Depressed men tend

to disconnect and isolate, damaging their relationships.


Q: How long does depression last?

A: There are multiple forms of depression, and the length of depression

varies, but most people recover from depression within a period of a few

months, even without treatment. Treatment of depression, though, both

medical and psychological, may shorten its duration and may help prevent

it from reoccurring.


Q: What causes depression?

A: While people often talk about their depression being caused by a "chemical

imbalance", it is more accurate to describe depression as being caused by

the interaction of multiple factors including: Genetics, events that

occur to you, your thoughts, your behavioral habits


Q: Are there different types of depression?

A: Everyone feels at least a little depressed from time to time (e.g., if you

don't get that promotion that you feel you deserved). Furthermore, it is

natural to feel depressed when you sustain a loss (e.g., when a loved one

dies). However, most depressions diminish with time as we get focused on

other aspects of our lives. Some people, though, experience persistent

feelings of mild-to-moderate depression that seem to never remit. Such

persistent depressive feelings are often successfully treated by

psychotherapists who teach cognitive and behavioral strategies to improve

the person's coping. Still others, experience more severe depressive

episodes during which they may be unable to function and may even have

moments of losing touch with reality. Persons with this kind of severe

depression are usually treated with a combination of medications and

psychotherapy. Fortunately, such major depressions tend to resolve after

a period of weeks or months.


Q: How can men get help with their depression?

A: Depression treatment of many kinds is readily available. While medication

is one option for treatment, most research indicates that a combination of

medication and some form of talking therapy lead to better outcomes.

Cognitive0-behavioral therapy and behavioral activation therapies have

been well-proven in clinical studies to improve depressive symptoms, and

many psychotherapists are trained in these models. Men may wish to

identify psychotherapists in their community that are more specialized in

the treatment of men. Most primary care physicians are willing to

prescribe anti-depressants to their patients, and, if not, will make

referrals to other medical professionals (e.g., psychiatrists) who do.

The biggest obstacle to men receiving treatment for depression is usually

their own reluctance to admit that they are having pro

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